Ever since Hamas won control of the Palestinian Authority 20 months ago, there have been isolated calls from well-respected figures for Israel to talk to the Islamist movement that spearheaded the dispiriting suicide bombing campaign of the second intifada.
Among those who have urged talks with Hamas: Former Mossad leader Efraim Halevy and former U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell.
Now, a group of prominent Israeli intellectuals is joining the call.
A.B. Yehoshua, Amos Oz, and David Grossman have all signed a petition urging Israel to negotiate a cease fire with Hamas to stop the near-daily volleys of Qassam rockets being fired into southern Israel from the Gaza Strip. [complete article]
See also, On the way to a pariah state (Carlo Strenger).